Friday, September 21, 2007


here's a list of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...if you have some questions that you feel that should be included in the list , then contact us by all means...We will try to add some more if we think of something NEW

1. I am a new graduate and I don't have any work experience , can I still apply?

We suggest that you work first for at LEAST 3 MONTHS before starting your application with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ). And then continue working while waiting for you NCNZ and visa approval. Wouldn't it be nice if you will be arriving in New Zealand and you are well qualified to do your nursing job. And starting salary in New Zealand is dependent on your previous work experience , the longer work experience you have the larger your starting salary.

2. My IELTS score is 7.0 but I have a 6.5 score in one area, is that OK?

No. We suggest that you retake the IELTS.

3. I am an RN but my IELTS score is just 6.5 , can i apply for the Health Care Assistant course instead?

We suggest that you retake the IELTS and aim to get a band 7.0 score , you are a RN , why would you apply as a HCA???

4. Do I really need to take the Nursing Competency Assessment Program ( CAP)?


5. How long does it take to finish the processing of all the requirements ?

It depends on how fast/accurate you submit your documents. But give yourself at least 9-12 months from the time you apply with the NCNZ to arrival in NZ.

6. How much does it cost, if I will do the processing on my own?

We estimate that if you have 400-450k PHP you will be safe . It includes tuition fee , NCNZ fees , IELTS , immunization status , medicals , visa fee , one way plane fare , misc fees , documentations , courier fees and enough baon for your board and lodging for 3 months in New Zealand .

7. How long does it take to finish the CAP program and the current waiting time for NCNZ license issuance / work permit issuance?

CAP takes around 6-8 weeks to finish (depending on school) . License issuance3-4 weeks plus work permit issuance 2-3 weeks .

8. Can I work while studying for the CAP or while waiting for the license/work permit ?


9. Are there any exams after the CAP?


10. How long does it take before my family can join me in New Zealand?

If you already have a working permit , expect to wait for at least 3 months to 6 months before your family can join you in NZ.

11. Do I need to have an agency to be able to register , apply for CAP , find work in New Zealand?


12. How long do I have to wait for my Nursing License, Annual Practicing Certificate and Job offer after the Competency program?

Be prepared to wait for at least 6 weeks before you can start working after the CAP.


Anonymous said...

thanks for all the helpful info...
good luck...

simplejanz said...

if my entry to nz is thru visitor's visa,can i still work there granting that i already have a work waiting for me there?

Anonymous said...

thank you very much. very helpful site. God bless

Anonymous said...

FYI: there's an exam after the CAP in Otago Polytechnic.. both theory and practical